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Hey, im looking on getting the silver arrow to replace my dark knight CPU cooler and iv noticed that my Ram will most likely be in the way. now the heat spreaders on my G.Skill PI Series are like the same size as the ram itself so there HUGE. would it be ok to remove these heat spreaders? i dont have them OCed and there is a fan to the right of the ram that pushes air into the cpu fans.
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Depends on how they are attached. The adhesive on most recent, tall, heatspreaders tends to be quite strong and very difficult to remove without risking damage to the memory ICs.

I would recommend just removing the front fan on the SA or moving it to the back of the heatsink.
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but wouldn't that reduce performance?
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Directly? No. Temperatures can cause instability, which may force you to lower the clocks / timings.
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idk, i think for now il stay with my dark knight and when i get diff ram down the road il consider getting the silver arrow. i just dont want to lose performance just because of my ram.
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but wouldn't that reduce performance?
By maybe a few degrees.

A SA with one fan will still keep an OCed i7 950 ~10C cooler than a Dark Knight.
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By maybe a few degrees.

A SA with one fan will still keep an OCed i7 950 ~10C cooler than a Dark Knight.
oh really? 10c lower... hmm, thats deff worth it then.. thx
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